Fuller's London Porter | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter
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4.19/5
2,676 Ratings
Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom
fullers.co.uk

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fuller's London Porter is an award-winning example of this historic English style; smooth and creamy with delicious chocolate and coffee flavors derived from the roasted malt.

The griffin Brewery is Chiswick, London, has brewing fine ales since 1654.

The Fuller, Smith & Turner partnership dating back to 1845, brews an excellent range of award-winning beers, many of which are available in the U.S. including London Pride pale ale and the Old's original ESB.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001

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#1,132
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10.26%
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Photo of Anthony1
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark ruby with a nice thin beige head that retains nicely. One of the best smelling porters I've come across. Nutty, roasty and chocolate. creamy mouthfeel. Great coffee taste and roasted tones. Vanilla bean and bittersweet chocolate make their presence known. Full body.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.26/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark earthy pour, minimal head, little if any lace. Smell was musty, earthy, dirtish again.

Tasted like leftover meat and chocolate. No hops. Oily, alcohol too pronounced at this level. Just seems watery with very not beer flavor to it. Licorice heat. Old coffee maybe. Everything reeks of oxidation.

Too pricey ($6) for a relatively unenjoyable drinking experience. Love porters, but not this one.

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Photo of droomyster
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely brilliant! Pours from the bottle a very dark with ruby highlights when held up to a light, with a frothy tan head that head that lasts about 3 minutes. Aromas are predominately of sweet malts, with roasty notes taking a back seat. Strong toffee and slightly less intense chocolate aromas hit me first; I also detect notes vaguely reminiscent of hazelnut coffee. Taste-wise, the front and mid-palate are very evenly balanced between these sweet and bitter elements. Finishes long on with a tasty toffee character. Medium-light body with moderate carbonation feels smooth through and through. Intensity-wise, it's flavors are not strong enough to pair with chocolates, but, when had all its own, this is one of my very favorite beers.

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Photo of Luk13
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Nice black pour with a light tan head. Aroma is very roasted, some chocolate and malts. I really like the burn toast aroma. Awesome bready flavors and chocolate malts again. The flavors might not be as intense as what we are used to in America, but it very well integrated.
The palate is smooth and chewy but could be creamier. Drinks amazingly.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is black and forms a thin off white / brown head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Bubbles are medium and small.

Aroma is mild, sweet with malt and some coffee roast. Nice.

Beer is medium body, mildly sweet. Minimal coffee in the back of the mouth with decent bitterness. Beer is quite sessionable but there is an unfortunate aftertaste of ashiness that I do not find that desirable. Its a minor problem but it does detract from the mouthfeel of the beer.

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Photo of darkmartin
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours to a dark, murky, brown with a small light-brown head. Sticky layer of lacing.
Smell: Smells primarily of chocolate malts with slight hops.
Taste: Esspresso, chocolate, and fig up front, followed by a bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Rich, full-bodied, and sticky.
Drinkability: The rich, chocolate-espresso taste is nicely balanced by the bite on the finish. The result is a complex flavor that can only truly be experienced slowly.

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Photo of karait95
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very nice looking, a dark reddish color almost brown with glint against the light that let see the red inside, an interesting 4 finger head that lets se a dark beige color with a creamy body.

S: Toasted aroma you can sense the hops, the malt and some sweetness.

T: Hops and toasted grain, some alcohol can be feel also very bitter end with a good balance beginning.

M: Enjoyable creamy body with a lasting ending, a little too bitter.

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Photo of speter
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent deep ruby, slightly brown, with a three-finger fluffy tan head. Tons of lacing all along the glass as the head slowly fades.

S: Coffee and chocolate. Chocolate and coffee. Brown sugar and raisins. Prunes.

T: The front is sweet, but there is a non-unpleasant acrid note due to the roast malt. The center is a sea of chocolate, and the finish is dry and bitter. (Any resemblances between that finish and my personality are purely coincidental.)

M: Surprisingly watery and light in body, in spite of the good carbonation. (There is a heat wave here now, so that's not entirely unwelcome, but it is unexpected.)

D: The expense is the only barrier to this being a perfect session beer.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was a little underwhelmed (if that's a word, I know it's not 'cause I looked it up... that's one of those skills that I learned in my school) by this one. I've really liked the Fuller's that I have already tried, so I figured this one would be really full and robust. Everything about it is "OK" or "good", but just that. I didn't think anything was exceptional.

It's nice and dark, & has very little head that doesn't last.

The smell is good. Chocolate and maybe a bit of coffee. Def. changes as it warms up to room temp... sweeter.

The taste is chocolate, but not overdone. Bits of coffee, and I think I can sometimes taste black licorice in there. S'good.

In the mouth, it's pretty smooth. A little more watery than I thought it would be.

Overall, quite drinkable. Not an overpowering dark beer.

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Photo of dolzan
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date of tasting: 14.07.2010

A very dark with a nice head that disappears pretty quickly.

The taste is overwhelmingly rich and complex, it really reminds me of a mixture of coffee, vanilla, almonds and chocolate. Very smooth and very drinkable, with just the right balance of bitter and sweet aftertaste.

This is almost as good as it gets. It has its own very unique character and it's a beer you'll return to over and over again. I'm not sure why, but it somehow feels stronger than it really is.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one came in a 50 cl brown short-necked bottle. Label is black and purple with a picture of a griffin.

A: Pours dark brown with hints of red. Head is off-white rather large and creamy. Dissipation is slow leaving rich lacings.

S: Chocolate galore! Dry and medium roasted chocolate malt. Some bitter hops. Dried dark fruits. Dry but with some sweetness. Faint notes of smoked ham.

T: More of everything compared to the smell. More smoked ham, more chocolate, but even some caramell malt. Heavier roasted. More dark dried fruit. Dry bitterhops. Faint butter.

M: Long dry bitter aftertaste. Moderate carbonation and rather thin body.

D: Nice porter. A bit drier than other Porters I've had (interesting).

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Photo of grittybrews
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich black into a pint glass with around a finger of thick, creamy white head.

Mild aroma of roasty chocolate malts. Mild carbonation and a nice thick and creamy mouthfeel with prominent chocolate, biscuit, and coffee notes. A bit of caramel sweetness on the finish makes this one very pleasant and easy-drinking -- tasty to the end!

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Photo of ManuelHerrera
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours exceptionally dark with a red hue. Nice burned, dark foamy head.

Smell - Creamy malted aroma with a hint of toffee.

Taste - This beer is heavy with coffee and chocolate overtones. The carmel finish makes it easy going down. The beer is rich in flavor and great for a cold winter night.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and heavy, just like a great English porter should be.

Drinkability - This beer is a meal in and of itself. It's smooth and easy to drink, but don't plan on spending a whole night with this beer. It's still a treat for the night you're wanting something dark!

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Photo of JosiahS
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into an Irish pint glass. Gave off a 1 1/2 finger eggshell head. Color of the body is a very dark brown and shows a ruby red when held to light. The head, surprisingly, dulled to a ring after only a minute.

The aroma is really nice. Lots of dark, dark malt. There is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, gram-cracker, honey, lickerish, a little toffy/caramel and when swirled, the slightest of citric and floral, dry hops.

Taste is awesome, it has it all. There is a hopiness upfront that peaks and falls until the end. All the while, rich chocolate, coffee and a smokiness come soon after that seem to overwhelm the hops. Soft, dark bread and toffy notes come through in the middle. Finishes slightly hoppy and with a punch of chocolate leaving the pallete fairly quickly with little to no lingering bitterness.

A very well balanced porter! I like it a lot. at 5.4% ABV, this is a highly drinkable beer. I would not mind buying this again.

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Photo of PintOHops
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Pint

A - Dark brown with plenty of ruby red tinge when held to light. It produced a 1-2 finger head but dissipated to a ring rather fast. The creamy looking ring stuck around for the consumption of the beer but didn't leave any lacing.

S - Very dry with robust smokey malts, dark chocolate that's mild to moderately sweet smelling. I get a bit of licorice as well, coffee, intense toffee aroma. It's got a bit of everything really. Very nice aroma.

T - Smoky & charcoal notes flood the palate upfront, licorice follows with some dark bakers chocolate towards the finish. Mildly sweet with coffee in there somewhere as well, it finishes with roasted & charcoal notes with lingering bitterness. Chocolate covered charcoal bomb!

M - A bit slick and chewy, not oily though. Soft Co2 bite, would of liked just a bit more. Lite-medium bodied.

D - Wow! This has gotta be one of my favorite Porters, I absolutely love the intense smokey flavor & aroma, it's what Ive been seeking for a long time. This beer is so damn good! I could easily drink 4 pints of this fantastic brew, I highly recommend this one and can't wait to have it again. Cheers!

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Photo of RuudJH
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Porter style... bottle 0.5 l. best before feb 2011, tough beer.

Dark brown, with light brown head, good lacing. Only slightly transparant.

Smell of coffee and dark chocolate, roasted nuts and malts.
Taste is bitterness from the malts. Coffee, chocolate, tobacco, some ash even. Some sweetness from caramel. Raisins and prunes in the background?

Very solid body. Refreshing and lingering in the mouth.
Alcohol is easy. Creamy mouthfeel, smooth but still bitter in aftertaste.

Easily a recommended brew in this style.

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Photo of ryno09
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first every porter I tried and still my favorite English style porter. Pours your standard dark brown color with tan head. I absolutely love the nose on this beer. It smells like brewing dark beers with that huge roast and chocolate maltiness. There are just enough bittering hops to prevent it from being too sweet. They start on the front of the tongue and fade to the huge roasty, chocolate malt flavors. Just a fantastic lingering finish to it.

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Photo of jonnypopgun
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfect pour into pint glass, with a creamy, fairly quickly dwindling head, leaving very little around the edges within three or four minutes. Cola appearance, with some ruby red passing through.

Aroma is chocolatey, malty, not overpowering, but enticing.

Flavour delivers what the aroma suggests with smoothness, almost creaminess. This is a very satisying porter.

Very drinkable, and can see why this is rated so highly. Detected some alcohol around halfway through. This was really nice with a piece of chocolate torte, but this would be great on it's own.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. 16/AUG/10 indicated on the back label. Perfect pour - entire bottle into the glass with the head neatly falling between the blue lines and the lip of the glass. Body was the color and clarity of cola with a rocky, tan-colored head that sizzled and popped as it slowly receded into a sudsy skim, leaving tiny spots of lacing in its wake. Big roasty, chocolatey, malty nose from the bottle, with a slightly metallic quality coming out in the glass. Taste consistent with nose, with a some lactose and a bit of char in the mix. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively carbonation and a somewhat creamy texture. What a delicious porter - some qualities seem to slightly mirror a milk stout (i.e. the creaminess, lactose, chocolatey goodness), but the charred character brings it all back, resulting in a highly drinkable and flavorful porter.

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Photo of WildMaverick1200
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My birthday today!!! and ironically I was in the mood for something bitter. So I bought this...

Dark look, pours nicely with a big off-white head that's short lived. Nice but not exactly "sexy".

Even from far away I could smell a complexity of malts in the beer, with a bit of hops and smoke in there.

Mild chocolate malt taste in the beginning, to be followed by the bitter kick of the dark malts, coffee and hops. Charcoaly aftertaste. Wonderful balance though.

Medium body, and carbonation almost right, maybe just a bit too much of it. Still, very enjoyable.

It's only 5.4 ABV, but it feels stronger. The flavor mix is very robust, this beer really has character!! I highly recommend to drink it slowly, otherwise it's kind of heavy on you. Also, you might want to pair it with some bitter chocolate!!

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Photo of witster18
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow.

This is the closest any porter has come to toppling my favorite(great lakes ed fitz).

It's not quite at that level, but this is a great porter.

Nose is choco, slight hop, and fig.

Taste is incredible. Lots of coffee choco notes up front but there's a slight bitterness in the middle. At the end is when the sour ale characteristic comes in and blows you away. Clean palate with only the sour aged hints remaining - which leaves me yearning for another gulp. Missing a bit of earthiness or bread qualities... not as complex as some are making out, but still tasty.

You figure an english style porter and an old english brewery would get this one right - AND THEY DID!!!

I will make this a staple considering I can only get the great lakes when I'm up in Ohio. This stuff is scrumptious!

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle (best by 03/26/10) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown (Mahogany - some red shades when held up the light). Poured a 1/4" tan head, but this died down to a thin foam across the top and at the edge of the glass within a few minutes. Some lacing noted.

Smell: Roasted malts, toffee, and mild chocolate. There is a tiny hint of molasses in there as well.

Taste: Roasted malts strong up front, then some coffee-like bitterness and flavor. Some toffee-like flavors noted, just a hint buttery with that toffee. Nice coffee/roasted malt finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy; the right balance of thickness and smoothness. Just a hint of carbonation on the tongue. Quite nice.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I finished this one fast, but I do wonder if everything above would be a hair higher in intensity/goodness if I had gotten one of these fresh. I easily would have had another if it was available. Drinkable by itself or with a meal - but a meat and potatoes sort of meal.

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Photo of bigpoppacueball
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All I can say is WOW. One of my all time favs. Hard to find in my area.
S: Smells of Coffee, Chocolate with a hint of roasted nuts.
T: Its like drinking a cup a great coffee and eating chocolate cake. A very flavorful beer but do not let the chocolate fool you, this is not a super sweet beer. It has a pleasant and robust aftertaste but it dissipates quickly leaving the palate clean.
A: Dark with a white head. Leaves a heavy lace on the glass with a very noticeable notch where the beer has rested.
It is much better in the bottle then it is from the can.

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Photo of Lerxst
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a dark brown with a one finger off white head that faded quickly and left little lacing.

S-Mmmm. Roasty goodness. Dark roasted malt, coffee, a bit of chocolate and it has a nutty smell I can't quite place. Smells really, really good.

T-Roasted malt, coffee, a semi sweet toffee flavor, dark fruit, with a bite of vanilla on the back end.

M-Medium body and carbonation, a bit creamy and spicy.

D-Goes down easily. Several of these is not a problem. Good session beer.

A very solid English Porter I will buy again.

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Photo of alkemy
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark burgundy/brown with little to no head, though my pour was pretty weak. The smell reminded me a lot of Kahlua. It's a mixture of sweet coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. The sweetened coffee is the most prominent taste followed by slightly bitter chocolate and touches of vanilla. I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor of this. I'd really like this to be thicker, but that's a common theme for me. This is something I could sit down and drink in multiples.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 2,676 ratings
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